September 6, 2023

HUD: Assistance Announced for Florida in Wake of Hurricane Idalia

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced the implementation of federal disaster relief for the state of Florida to assist state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Idalia beginning on August 27, 2023, and continuing. President Biden issued a major disaster declaration 

“My thoughts are with those who lost or experienced damage to their homes. HUD’s role in a disaster is to ensure that people and communities can recover and return home. HUD is committed to seeing Florida’s recovery through,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. 

Effective immediately, HUD is:

Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an overhaul of the agency’s disaster recovery efforts to better serve communities who face the direct impacts of weather-related disasters. Based on the increasing number of disasters and the increasingly important role that HUD is playing in federal government’s preparedness, response, and recovery efforts, the Department established the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) in the Office of the Deputy Secretary, the Office of Disaster Recovery (ODR) within the Office of Community Planning and Development and has added of dozens of new HUD staff members to help expedite recovery processes. These steps will streamline the agency’s disaster recovery and resilience work by increasing coordination, reducing bureaucracy, and increasing capacity to get recovery funding to communities more quickly by facilitating collaborative, transparent disaster recovery planning with communities earlier in the process.

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